Human rights defenders

Fighting for respect for human rights is a high-risk activity, and groups and individuals in more than 80 countries who commit themselves to this struggle are often targeted by State authorities and private groups. Human rights defenders are victims of threats, attacks, arrests, arbitrary detentions and acts of torture. Since its creation, OMCT has been a pioneer in the protection of human rights defenders by denouncing the repression to which they are subjected. In 1997, OMCT established the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders in partnership with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). This unique collaboration is based on the complementary approaches of the two organisations and makes full and profitable use of their respective NGO networks. In 2007, OMCT established « Defend the defenders », a sponsorship project with Swiss personalities aiming at mobilising public opinion, the only counterweight to the arbitrary power of States. [Read more…]


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Turkey:  Women’s Rights Defenders in the Crosshairs

December 20, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Iran:  Conviction of 12 labour rights defenders and arbitrary detention of two of them

December 20, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Iran:  Conviction on appeal of three labour rights defenders and four journalists

December 19, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Malaysia:  Police harassment against SUARAM Executive Director, Mr. Sevan Doraisamy

December 18, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Malaysia

Venezuela:  Campaña sistemática de ataques en contra del Sr. Luis Uzcátegui

December 17, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Venezuela

Uganda:  Arbitrary detention and release of Mr. Jelousy Mugisha following his testimony in France in a case against Total

December 17, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Lao People's Democ. Rep.:  Civil society groups urge Laos, Thailand to investigate enforced disappearances, reveal fate of Sombath Somphone and Od Sayavong

December 15, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Lao People's Democ. Rep.

Uganda:  Break-in of the offices of TRIUMPH Uganda

December 13, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uganda

Iraq:  On International Human Rights Day, a dangerous escalation against human rights defenders and activists in Iraq

December 12, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iraq

Algeria:  Détention arbitraire et harcèlement judiciaire de M. Kaddour Chouicha, syndicaliste et président de la section d’Oran de la LADDH

December 12, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Colombia:  [New report] Chronicle of a prosecution foretold – human rights defenders or defendants?

December 12, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Colombia

Egypt:  Continuing arbitrary detention of Mr. Haytham Mohamadein

December 12, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Chad:  Détention arbitraire et harcèlement judiciaire à l’encontre du Secrétaire général de la CTDDH, M. Mahamat Nour Ibedou

December 11, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Chad

Mexico:  Amenazas de muerte contra integrantes del Colectivo de Familiares de Presos en Lucha y el equipo del Frayba

December 10, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Turkey:  Ongoing judicial harassment of Mr. Taner K?l?ç and the “Istanbul 10”

December 10, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey